The Heaphy Track
The Heaphy Track is located in North-West of the South Island, New Zealand, in the Kahurangi National Park.
Established in 1996, Kahurangi is one of New Zealand’s newest national parks, as well as one of the largest, measuring 452,002 hectares. ‘Kahurangi’ has a number of meanings, including ”treasured possession”.
The Heaphy Track is the longest and most diverse of the Department of Conservation (DOC) Great Walks. Over 78.4 kilometres the track crosses the Park’s range of landscapes. Starting from the junction of the Brown and Aorere Rivers, moving over expansive tussock downs and along the banks of rivers, walking through alpine herb fields, lush coastal forests, nikau palm groves and then reaching the roaring seas of the West Coast.
The track is wide, benched and well graded in most sections. Its gentle gradients and diverse scenery are popular with all ages and abilities, from experienced walkers through to first time hikers.